Two Beethoven blockbusters will make up the program from the Spokane Symphony tonight at the Opera House. The concert will be repeated Saturday at the North Idaho College Schuler Auditorium in Coeur d’Alene. Music director Fabio Mechetti will conduct the “Eroica” Symphony, and pianist Lee Luvisi will perform as soloist in the “Emperor” Concerto.
Beethoven intended to dedicate his Third Symphony (“The Eroica”) to Napoleon, the champion of freedom. When the composer learned that Napoleon had declared himself Emperor of France, Beethoven erased the original dedication and dedicated it “to the memory of a great hero.”
Luvisi made his orchestral debut with Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 (“The Emperor “) with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein when Luvisi was only 19. In the 40 years since his debut, Luvisi has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors.
Both concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $13 to $28 for the Spokane concert, available at G&B; outlets and the Symphony box office; tickets are $15 and $17 for the Coeur d’Alene concert, available by calling (800) 4-CDA-TIX, and at the Symphony box office.
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